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137 Ratings
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou Saint-Julien
$155.00 USD
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Wine Description

(From 2006 Vintage) The weather in June was fine. The month of July was torrid and cause for concern. Crop-thinning was carried out so as to leave 4 to 6 bunches per vine at Ducru Beaucaillou and 6 to 8 bunches per vine at Lalande Borie. The first and limited leaf-pulling was done over the entire vineyard: to ensure that the clusters were properly ventilated. While still being protected from too much exposure to the sun that could burn them. Atlantic weather prevailed in August. It was moderately hot, with some showers during the last two weeks of the month. The first fortnight of September was sunny, even torrid, with temperatures exceeding 30 °C. This favoured the quick maturation of the Merlots which developed record levels of sugar, identical to those attained in 2005 and 2003. The Cabernets Sauvignons ripened later. Extensive leaf-pulling was carried out around the clusters so that they could fully benefit from the tender September sunshine and thus attain full maturity. This also ensured the proper airing of the berries and prevented the development of botrytis.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2006 Vintage) Deep medium ruby. Cool, refined aromas of black fruit pastille, licorice, minerals and violet, all lifted by a brisk peppery nuance. Dense, lush and fine-grained, with lovely definition to the flavors...

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/2009
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/21/2009
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2006
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2004 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 06/01/2007
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1983 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator.